Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu today celebrates his 87th birthday at the hospital, where he has been hospitalized for ten days for tests of his delicate health.
Tutu remains hospitalized in Cape Town (southwest), where he has his residence, and little details are known beyond which the family indicated, announcing his hospitalization, that he was in "good spirits".
"He expects to return home in a few days," his environment said in a statement on September 27.
Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his fight against the South African racial segregation regime, Tutu has been fighting against prostate cancer for more than a decade and in recent years he had to be hospitalized several times for various infections. .
His career has been marked by a constant defense of human rights, something that led him to stand out on numerous occasions from the ecclesiastical hierarchy to openly defend positions such as homosexual rights or euthanasia.
Although in recent years he has stayed away from public life due to his delicate health, Tutu remains one of the key figures in contemporary South African history and the struggle against apartheid.